You know this city loves their hockey when you go down to the Bell Centre to look at the plaques and sculptures outside at 11 at night with temperatures below freezing and you aren't the only one there! The building looks nice outside and the tributes to their history is nice, aside from the paving stone commemorating the "greatest comeback ever." I wanted to spit on it (but refrained).
Where We Are: The Rangers have won four of their last six but who knows which team will show up? Will it be the lazy losers to Carolina or the high Flyers who beat up Philly on Sunday? Hopefully the one that wants to make the playoffs.
Where They Are: Alex Kovalev will return after missing some games with the flu and he will join a team that is viewing this game as make or break for their season. They have lost four of their last six including an OT loss to the Isles (booo) and the now-infamous loss they didn't mind to Mmmmaaaaarrrrttttyyyy. Jesus Price will be in the net.
Who To Watch For: The two Andrei's, Markov and Kostitsyn, have been strong of late, as has Tomas Plekanec. Steve Begin was dealt to Dallas so we won't have to worry about him but Georges Laraque is still around so he may be able to provide the punch the Habs need to knock out the Rangers.
What To Watch For: The Rangers can't let the energy of what is sure to be a pumped up crowd to get the Habs rolling. The Blueshirts need to play just as strong a road game as they did in Nashville - rob the fans of their energy by hitting hard, fast and often.
What We'll (Hopefully) See: Someone to absolutely hammer Mike Komisarek. Kovalev to come back and still show the signs of his sickness. Sean Avery not to get duped into doing something stupid by Max Pacioretty or Tom Kostopoulos. Matt Schneider's wicked shot from the point on the power play to not reach the net.
Also Check Out: Suiting a team of their stature, the Habs have plenty of good writers up here in the interweb. Some of them are: All Habs, Top Shelf Habs, Habs Blog, SBN's Eyes on the Prize and a thorough MSM blog in Habs Inside/Out.